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TDMST Email Newsletter, 2016-08
August 12, 2016

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter

Issue #85, August 12, 2016

Featuring content from and supporting:

"Because truckers know that no trucker deserves to be stung financially."

  • We provide real world tips that help professional truck drivers save hard-earned money and personal reporting about products and services for use on the road.
  • We've developed our unique website as a place to share the tips we have learned through the years -- and where other professional drivers can do the same.

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Important Notice

  • With This Issue, We Begin...

    ... our 8th year of publishing Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter!

    We couldn't have done it without you, our loyal readers!

    Thanks for helping us to make Truck-Drivers-Money- a clearinghouse of how truckers around the world save money.

  • It's Coming!

    We've got some special content coming to, so be watching for it.

  • Truckers Savings App

    We mentioned some time back that the vendor through whom we had first published the Truckers Savings App was not ensuring that certain functionality within the app was working as it should.

    We did what we could, but in the end, we were forced to let that year-long contract run out, rename the app and "unpublish" it on the Google Play Store. (We request that you uninstall the old app from your Smartphone.)

    We are pleased that we have found a new vendor and will soon be publishing Truckers Savings App afresh. Hurray!

  • Facebook Live Broadcasts

    On July 15, Vicki started conducting Facebook Live broadcasts through the TruckDriversMoneySavingTips Facebook fan page.

    We very much look forward to connecting with you via live streaming video and helping you to save money on the road.

    See the list of many broadcasts that have been recorded below.

  • New Format

    You may have noticed from the Table of Contents above that we've reformatted a few things as of this email newsletter.

    One big change is the combination of the old "Reviews", "Questions" and "Articles and Other Media" sections under "Media".

    We have listed the media in reverse chronological order of publication on our RSS news feed, but we've identified each type of entry.

    We hope you like this new format.


Prevent This!

According to an August 11, 2016 article, "a truck driver from Apison in Hamilton County, Tennessee is facing charges after causing a wreck".

When we read statements like this, we always want to know the cause.

The trucker's "9-year-old daughter was with him in the vehicle" at the time of the crash and photos of the wreckage show the girl's toys.

Quoting the article,

  • odor was coming from the driver,
  • "[he] admitted that he had been drinking", and
  • "different field sobriety tests ... given to him ... showed ... he was impaired".

No one should ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle -- especially a commercial motor vehicle -- to drive after drinking alcohol.

Alcohol must have time to pass through the body so that that the "blood alcohol content" (or "blood alcohol concentration") is below the legal limit in the country where you're driving. (In the United States, "It is illegal to have any measurable alcohol in the blood while driving".)

Neither the trucker nor the child were injured as a result of this crash, but "it could have been a tragedy".

Nevertheless, numerous costs were involved (and may be ongoing), including:

  • Damage to the truck/trailer unit;
  • The trucker's daughter being taken into custody with Social Services;
  • The road being closed until the wreck was cleared; and
  • Damage to the trucker's driving career.

Don't drink alcohol and drive!

Prevent this!



On July 15, Vicki Simons began conducting daily Facebook Live broadcasts in keeping with a 90-day commitment to sharing valuable content about how professional truck drivers can save time and money.

Twice, her husband Mike has shared his wisdom and, twice, "Timmy Poor Pockets" -- who represents truckers who have been keeping themselves poor -- has shared, too.

To interact with us during our Facebook Live broadcasts, you need to:
1. "Like" our TruckDriversMoneySavingTips page; and
2. Turn on notifications.

With rare exceptions, we have made these broadcasts at 9 p.m. ET and plan to continue doing so unless there is overwhelming support for a different time frame.

For readers who cannot access these videos on Facebook, we plan to save the main points of each broadcast in a video to be uploaded to YouTube. No time frame for this work has been set.

Here is the list of the broadcasts from July 15 - August 10:



Question: If you don't make a minimum purchase but use TA-Petro's 'Reserve-It!' program -- and park longer than 2 hours -- who pays for your truck parking: your company, you or someone else?

Contributing article:

Question: What's the most expensive fine that you have ever paid for out-of-adjustment brakes during CVSA's Brake Safety Week? Will you be ready for the next one during Sept. 11-17?

Contributing article:

Question: Have truckers seen a commensurate improvement in the condition of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in exchange for the 8 -- and soon to be 9 -- consecutive years of toll increases?

Contributing article:

Question: Is your savings rate better than 'nearly half of Americans [who] wouldn't be able to cover a $400 emergency'?

Please comment on our budgeting page.

Quote from article: "...according to a 2015 Federal Reserve report, nearly half of Americans wouldn't be able to cover a $400 emergency. About a third of Americans don't have a single dollar of retirement savings, discovered GOBankingRates."

Contributing article:

Question: Without a dash cam in this lorry driver's cab, couldn't the claim for who was at fault have been different?

Please share your thoughts on our truck operations page.


New: Stealing gas.

I have a video of a trucker siphoning gas from a company truck and putting it into his personal truck, what steps can i take in reporting him? ----- Response

Updated: Trucker Apps: Money Saving Smartphone Applications for Truckers

Are you a money-conscious and technologically-savvy professional truck driver? Then having a set of money saving trucker apps may interest you...

Updated: Trucker Accessories We Recommend to Help You Save Money

Our experiences have taught which trucker accessories helped us save money on the road. We recommend our picks for Christmas gifts or any time.

New: Idle air sucks.

Locations they say are open and operating are not. Benson az....inoperable, the whole site. Now they are ** down idle air in salt lake. The site in

New: I have no power from the truck to the pigtail can you please help me to figure out y

No power from truck to pigtail y ----- Response from Mike and Vicki: Thanks for asking a question through our site. We wrote a page entitled Trailer

New: Digital stove to go

I am an OTR driver and purchased the Burton digital stove to go from Petro. I've only had it a few days now. I have cooked BBQ chicken drummettes, spaghetti

New: A Load Board Overcomes the 'No Freight' Layover Problem

Ever been told that there is 'no freight'? You may need a high quality load board to stay loaded and rolling. Vast differences between freight boards exist. Learn more...

Updated: Reasons Why Eating While Driving a Truck Can Be Costly

Do you drive a truck professionally, get paid by the mile, and don't want to park to eat? Here's why eating while driving can cost you...

Updated: Safely Back Up Your Tractor Trailer; Truck Backing Situations

Among the most difficult maneuvers a professional driver can make is to back up his or her rig safely. Let's look at different backing situations...

New: Shower Review: Little America Truck Stop, Little America, WY

The following shower review was submitted by a professional truck driver of the facility at Little America Truck Stop, Little America, WY.(*) -----

New: What questions to ask a recruiter when you are first time ever wanting to become a truck driver.

What are some if not many and important questions to ask recruiters when you are looking for a paid schooling first time cdl driving job. I will take any

Updated: Customer Satisfaction for Truckers at Truck Stops and Beyond

When professional truck drivers buy products and services, whether or not from truck stops, they expect customer satisfaction. What if they don't get it?

New: Refuse to Drive a Truck When These Situations Happen

Did you know that there are times or situations when a professional truck driver must refuse to drive a truck? These are two of them...

Question: Would a $50 fine keep some people out of the hammer lane?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article:

Question: Isn't it a shame that truckers who worked for years and retired on a pension, may not receive the pension benefits they thought they were going to receive?

If this happened to you, how would you cope?

Please comment on our Budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Question: Trucker, do you drive a truck with an AMT -- automated manual transmission?

If so, would you please write a Product Review?

Contributing article:

Question: If the trucker 'failed to reduce his speed when traffic slowed down', could there have been more at stake than brake failure?

Did he do a proper pre-trip inspection? Was he possibly distracted moments before the crash?

Please comment on our Preventive Maintenance page.

Contributing article:

Question: What is the solution to truckers being 'upset over pay, high fees and government regulations' in Florida?

Please comment on our Budgeting page.

Contributing article:

Question: Need some good reasons why not to evade tolls in your truck?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article:

Question: Doesn't it always make you feel good when a wrongfully terminated trucker is vindicated when he followed the law and got permission to make a change?

Please comment on our Truck Operations page.

Contributing article:


Earn More, Save More

A March 30, 2016, article stated that

  • "One-third of Americans report they have no retirement savings" (33%); and
  • Another "23 percent have less than $10,000 saved";

which adds up to 56% of Americans having less than $10,000 in retirement savings.

Have you started saving for retirement? Are you satisfied with the amount of money you have saved for retirement?

If you're a professional truck driver,
if you're not making the kind of money you want from your trucking job, and
if you have off-duty time to start earning a second income (such as from the cab of your truck),
then you may want to take advantage of the information in the Second Income for Truckers E-Course.

Starting the wrong kind of business for you from the cab of your truck could prove costly in both time and money.

Learn everything you can from Second Income for Truckers E-Course today!


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Depending on where you live -- but especially in the USA -- school has either already started or will be starting soon.

Watch out for school buses and children around them.

To all of our readers who are professional truck drivers, we wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road!

Best regards,
Mike and Vicki Simons, Owners


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